A CRICKET club owner has been buried next to the scoreboard at his beloved Haslington ground.
Mike Trevor, of Fields Road, Haslington, was buried at the club he has run for more than 20 years on Friday following a funeral which family and friends say was more like a wedding.
Sam Trevor, son of 70-year-old Mike, said his dad had the day he wanted.
"It was unbelievable," said 39-year-old Sam. "A couple of people turned round and said it was the best funeral they'd ever been to and that it was more like a wedding. We wanted it to be celebration of his life and it was."
Sam said his dad decided he wanted to be buried at the cricket club two and a half years ago when he was first diagnosed with cancer.
Various checks with officials, including the environment agency, then had to be taken before permission was granted.
The funeral was held at the Clay Lane club and then Mike was taken in a horse drawn hearse to his final resting place - next to the score board.
"It was incredible about 500 people attended," said Sam. "We'd only catered for 200 but we managed. We'd just like to really thank everyone who turned up."
Some of those who attended had flown in from as far away as Canada. Others came from Scotland and Ireland.
They all took part in the celebration of Mike's life which was led by his widow, Pauline, elder son Michael, 44, and his wife Melanie and daughter Louise, together with Sam, his wife Nicky and their son Oli.
In keeping with Mike's wishes, there was a big celebration followed by a hog roast. "Again, that was just what he wanted," added Sam.